The Faculty of Applied Sciences, FAS, of Takoradi Technical University has mounted a campaign in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis to demystify the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by students in Senior High Schools as part of community service of the institution.
The STEM education outreach programme which kicked off at the Bompeh Senior High Technical School was fully sponsored by the staff of the Faculty.
The Dean of FAS, Evang. Prof. Anthony Joe Turkson challenged the students, especially, girls, to take up studying Mathematics and Science as the solution to unravel some of the global issues. He said the aim of the faculty is to reach out to the basic schools to inculcate the habit of acquiring the inquisitive mindedness applicable to society.
Evang. Prof. Turkson said developing the interest of the young towards Mathematics and Science at the early stage is potential to unraveling some of the misconceptions about STEM.
The Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences thereby reiterated that the essence of technical education is to equip students with the unique set of skills and knowledge that must be harnessed to drive positive changes and foster growth.
Mrs. Dorothy Kwesi, Headmistress of BSTS, expressed appreciation to the team for such an opportunity and hoped that many of the students would opt for Mathematics and Science programmes since it is the surest way to prepare the world for technology advancement.
Rev. Dr. Francis Ayiah-Mensah who is leading the FAS Outreach team, while expressing the relevance of STEM Education noted that it is key to meeting the demands of the 21st Century.
In addition to highlighting the role of STEM Education in relation to contemporary global policy debate and skills for sustainable development, Rev. Dr. Francis Ayiah-Mensah said such outreach programmes can prepare the generation embrace and to be part of technological advancements.
“Inspiring the next generation of scientist and engineers is key to addressing long term challenges that the country faces”, he noted.
Students fully participated and demonstrated their interest in the activities during a breakout cell-sessions into the various STEM-related programmes and disciplines of TTU in line with what is offered at B.S.T.S.
Other members of the FAS Outreach team included, Dr. Mrs. Eudora Hagan, Dr. Stephen Anin, Dr. ing. Emmanuel Payne, Ms. Beatrice Missah, Ms. Christabel Irene Deha, Ms. Kate Neequaye, Mr. Joe Ankomah, Ms. Maame Ekua Ainoo, Mrs. Doris Akua Boateng.